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If the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were governed like a private-sector organization, the shareholders would probably be demanding the entire board of directors resign over the disgraceful way it managed the dismissal of GM Joe Mack, whose departure was announced in a leak to the media before the hapless Mr. Mack was told.

It may have been only one board member who offered the leak, but each one of them is tainted by what happened.

Of course, no one will be forced to resign, because the board is unaccountable in a meaningful sense. It reports to itself and only itself, responding to the fans as it sees fit. Pity the next poor soul who reads about his firing in his Twitter account.

This aside, the Bomber organization at least had the good sense to lop off the long tail in one fell swoop rather than cutting one piece at a time.

Mr. Mack had to go, and so did CEO Garth Buchko, who was never a good choice in the first place, which was a board mistake.

Now that they are gone, the Bomber brass can expect a brief reprieve from the invective that has sapped their confidence, but it won't last long.

Meanwhile, the next CEO may want to share bad news with the affected parties first, before telling the board.

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Gerald Flood, Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 10, 2013 A14

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